Rescued lioness bonds with orphaned cub

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Rescued Lioness Bonds with Orphaned Cub

By Troy Frisby and Gillian Pensavalle, Buzz60

After being rescued and nursed back to health, two resilient lions will have the chance to return to Africa.

The two lions are named Masrya and Nero, and both have been through a great deal of trauma.

Masrya, a lioness, was sick and weak when she was rescued from a life in a cage as a photo prop for tourists on the streets of Cairo.

Meanwhile, Nero was rescued as a four-month-old cub, after being born captive in a French circus and spending his days as a "picture cub."

Both lions were declawed and caged, before being taken in by the Stichting Leeuw Lion Foundation in the Netherlands.

Nero was Masrya's next-door neighbor there, where the two bonded immediately and became inseparable.

While they could never survive in the wild, the lions will be at home at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa, which recently took in more than 30 lions from South America.

The Lion Foundation calls Nero and Masrya's departure "bittersweet," but they can take pride in knowing these lions will finally live the lives they deserve.

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